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five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in the newtown school district that reopened their doors today. a sign in one window said, quote, we are strong. the flags are flying at half-staff. the we also saw more moving vans rolling from sandy hook elementary which is the one school still closed. it is still considered a crime scene. all the desks and chairs and equipment and supplies from sandy hook are being moved to another hill. chalk hill, in the town of monro
. it is not taxpayer they were released in syria, but they escaped after a firefight. we will hear from richard engel about the psychological torture he encured at the hands of the syrian regime. you take the picture. you ed it the picture. you post the picture online and now facebook's new acquisition will sell that picture without paying you or even telling you. >> a kidnapping, and days of psychological torture, a firefight between firefights and pro government thugs that is what a veteran journalists survived in war torn syria the man in question is the nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent, richard engel who once worked here. he and his team were traveling with a group of rebels near the border with turkey and iranian-trained gunman loyal to bashar al-assad ambushed them, executed at least one of the rebels, and took them into captivity. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound, we we were not physically beaten, but psychological torture, threats of being killed, saying we would have to choose who would be shot first. >>shepard: as they were blindfolded they wondered what was going on. richard
after being kidnapped in syria. they had not been heard from since thursday. nbc reports that they had been held captive by an unknown group not loyal to the assad regime. the kidnappers attempted to transport them when they hit a checkpoint and gunfire erupted. everyone in that crew is safe. they're out of the country, back in turkey of the we'll follow the story throughout the morning. stay with us for updates. >>> there is rain on the radar right now. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with with us now for what it means to us. tom, good morning. >> that rain is in to west virginia now. it's coming from an upper level disturbance that been moving in along a front that's going to sweep in later today and bring us gusty winds. getting sprinkles of rain. much of west virginia into southeastern ohio, western pennsylvania. this disturbance going to pass right over our region here by later this morning and early afternoon. ahead of that, we've got some chilly temperatures. these areas in blue in the 40s. our northern, western suburbs as well as in the shenandoah valley and moun
. our own richard engel and his crew set free after being kidnapped for five days inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both sides define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea. just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> four days since the tragedy that altered our entire country, the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. 9 national rifle association, routine teenl referred to as the most powerful lobbying in the country have been silent out of respect for the victims after one man took 28 lives including his own, 20 little school children in newtown, connecticut. along with mental health the gun control debate has come roar into the american conversation in addition the nra is promising to say more at a news conference at the end of the week. we begin with tom costello in
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his team are free after a dramatic firefight in syria where they had been kidnapped and held for five days. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. a lot of psychological torture. they made us choose which one of says would be shot first and when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> we will have more on their harrowing escape coming up. >>> classes for other students are resuming in newtown for the first time since friday's deadly school massacre. as two more young victims are laid to rest today. in washington is the momentum for gun control finally building? house democratic leader nancy pelosi called for a ban on assault magazines like those used to kill the 27 victims in connecticut. >> why is it that somebody needs a magazine with 20 shots in it and have 40 lives at risk? >> we'll talk exclusively with nancy pelosi about what can be done to control guns. and, of course, the looming fiscal cliff. speaker boehner today turns to his plan b. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have all of th
of syria. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew disappeared thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. this morning he told the "today" show how they were all finally set free. >> at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the later around 11:00 last night local time and as we were moving along the road the kidnappers came across a rebel checkpoint, something they hadn't expected so we were in the back of what you'd think of as a mini van and as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gun fight with it. two of the kidnappers were killed, they climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. we spent the night with them, we didn't get much sleep. >> ivan watson joins us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, who were these kidnappers and why did they take me see journalists? >> well, according to richard engel's statement this was a shabiha pro-government militia made up of shiite muslims and it gives you a sense of how chaotic the situation has gotten inside syria. we were hearing about clashes betwe
this morning after escaping gunmen in syria. they were held for five days before they were freed following a gun fight between the kidnappers and rebel forces in syria. they appeared on the "today" show this morning just hours after they release. here is a bit of the story. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago in wa we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels. and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped ott of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks. they were heavily armed. they dragged ussous of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gun men, some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. then they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places. and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. with regards to being killed, they made us choose which o
, nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his team rescued after being held inside syria for five days. more of what richard and his team say happened in that war zone. join our conversation on twitter. very sore looking kinda blistery. it was like a red rash... like somebody had set a bag of hot charcoal on my neck. i was a firefighter for 24 years. but, i have never encountered such a burning sensation until i had the shingles. i remember it well. i was in the back yard doing yard work. i had this irritation going on in my lower neck. i changed shirts because i thought there was something in the collar of the shirt irritating my neck. and i couldn't figure out what was going on. i had no idea it came from chickenpox. i always thought shingles was associated with people... a lot older than myself. i can tell you from experience, it is bad. it's something you never want to encounter. for more of the inside story, visit shinglesinfo.com >>> on capitol hill today, john boehner unveiled what house republicans call plan "b," a plan the white house rejected immediately saying
thursday when the news team crossed into syria from turkey. engel says at least a dozen gunmen jumped out of the reese and captured them. engel believes the kidnappers were part of syrian president al assad's regime which has been struggling to stay in power in the face of a rebel uprising twins 2011. engel described what happened after the ambush. >> reporter: they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten orator toured. it was lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed, the -- kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started -- a gunfight and two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. >> my family, my brother, my parents, my wife. when we were preede yesterday, rescued by the rebels, one of the happiest moments of my life. >> nbc news says it had no contact with the news team during that ordeal and no contact with the kidnappers. andrea mitchell will join us with more on this and more on the dangers that correspondents face in the middle east coming up on "news4 at 5:00." >>> we are following a developing story now. the accu
information. >>> rorts of massive food shortages in syria, evidence the assad regime is specifically targeting food to keep it from people. we'll talk to frmer nato ambassador about the kind of aid that they really need. >>> and it could be the future of air travel. one airline now offering higher bundled ticket prices to stop the extra charges at check-in. just in time for your holiday travel too. we have all the details on that one. even when they say it's not it is always about money melissa: all right. first let's take a look at the day's market headlines. a nice start to the work on wall street with financials leading the way. the giants were buoyed by reports that washington may be closer to a deal wel get into just a moment. the dow closed the day up 100 points. >>> the empire state manufacturing index stayed negative for the fifth straight month the index which looks at manufacturing activity in the new york area fell to negative 8.1 in december from negative 5.2 in november november. >>> morgan stanley slapped with $5 million fine for the handling of the facebook ipo a massachusetts r
after five days in captivity in syria. we've got brand new details on that. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days, some days we would rather forget ♪ [ male announcer ] the way it moves. the way it cleans. everything about the oral-b power brush is simply revolutionary. oral-b power brushes oscillate, rotate and even pulsate to gently loosen and break up that sticky plaque with more brush movements than manual brushes and even up to 50% more than leading sonic technology brushes for a superior clean. oral-b power brushes. go to oralb.com for the latest offers. bill: here we go, now. the first official review of the terrorist attack in benghazi, libya, said to be complete. this comes days before the hearings began on capitol hill. hillary clinton will not testify for now.ecovering from that concussion. john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor and good morning to you. >> good morning. bill: tell
of our nbc family. after being kidnapped and held for five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. they are safely out of the country. richard one of the best reporters on the planet, covering stories from egypt to north korea and we are extremely happy to have him and his crew safe. we'll be right back. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with
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in syria and in an incredible escape were able to break free from their captors after five days of being held and blindfolded. we'll bring you their story after the break. [ male announcer ] red lobster's crabfest ends soon. hurry in and try five succulent entrees, like our tender snow crab paired with savory garlic shrimp. just $12.99. come into red lobster and sea food differently. and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. you can stay in and like something... or you can get out there and actually like something. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. >>> kidnapped, blindfolded, threatened for five days. american journalist lives to tell that story. richard engel and his crew were captured last thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. they suffered psychological torture. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us wou
production crew, they are free today after being held for five days inside syria. engle spoke with reporters in turkey shortly after he and his team escaped dure, a deadly fire fight between their kidnappers and syrian rebels. take a listen to this. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. and we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would rather forget. >> they would like to forget them. we can tell you that engle and his team vanished thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. and though no one claimed responsibility for this kidnapping, engle said he thinks his captors were part of this militia loyal to syrian president bashar al assad, and trained by iran's revolutionary guard. he also said they planned to trade the journalists for hostages held by syrian rebels. engle spoke again today about the ordeal. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten
firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was the principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from n
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. >> thank you. >>> freedom for an american tv reporter and his production team released unharmed in syria after being held captive for five days. this is new video of nbc chief correspondent rich and engel and his crew safely back in turkey today. they were kidnapped last thursday after crossing into syria. they were tied up and blindfolded until they were freed yesterday, following a gun battle at a rebel checkpoint. >> the last fives were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all of the help. the last five days are days we would rather forget. >> ingle thinks his kidnappers were loyal to the syrian government. he says they were not physically abused but there was psychological torture. the kidnappers would ask them to choose which would be shot first and when they refused, there were mock shootings. >>> 7:20. a preliminary hearing set said in the -- debt today in the case of a san francisco -- set today in the case of a san francisco couple who kissed a pimp. prosecutors say they murdere
were kidnapped thursday morning in syria. they were released late last night and richard described the harrowing ordeal this morning and from all of us at "the cycle," richard, we are so glad you're okay. >> we were with gunmen, rebels. they executed one of them on the spot. they took us to a series of safehouses and interrogation places. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological tour which you are. threats of being killed. we were in the back of what you would think of as a minivan and as we were driving along the road, the kidnappers saw this checkpoint. started a gun fight with it, two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. if you're eligible for medicare, you might know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare ins
for nearly five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew have been freed and unharmed. >> here is your first look at scrambled politics. as anti-gun advocates rallied, the nra took down its facebook page. the group has not commented on the school shootings in connecticut. >>> bill chummily is proposing a bill that would criminalize implementation of barack obama's 2010 health care law. >>> senator john kerry of massachusetts suspected to be president obama's choice to replace secretary of state hillary clinton, but because of the connecticut shootings the announcement will be delayed until later this week. >>> some top newspapers are complaining about the mitt romney campaign sending them bills for reporters covering the campaign. they say they were egregious charges for meals and $745 for a vice presidential debate viewing party. >>> and former italian prime minister silvia berlusconi told a tv interviewer that he's engaged to be married. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> now for a look at the weather, we turn to bill karins with the wea
is classified hearings for the house and senate foreign relations committee. in addition to working on syria and north korea, aides to secretary clinton say she is drafting a letter in response to findings made available to lawmakers before the hearings tomorrow. unclassified version of the report could be released as early as tonight. once again, briefing, the state department tried to explain why clinton is not testifying this week about the benghazi terrorist attack, which killed four americans including her ambassador. today, the state department officials fielded more questions will the secretary well known for her work ethic dodging uncomfortable testimony. >> completely untrue. we have been very clear from the beginning that she had a stomach virus. ugly stomach virus. she got very dehydrated, fainted. later discovered. >> public hearings thursday, deputies will testify in her place. the testimony would be what clinton would say. >> remind that they are standing in for her. so the testimony on thursday would reflect her view and how to do forward from the report. how to learn its less
the fiscal cliff. >>> and richard, save in syria, after being kidnapped with his news crew. he describes those details for us. >>> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. and have all of their current rates extended. >> well, two weeks until taxes go up on nearly every american, house speaker john boehner is making another game of political chess on the fiscal cliff. he and eric cantor announcing last hour that he would introduce a plan for the bush tax rates of those making $1 million or less. this news comes from president obama placed another counteroffer on the table, his third one in nine days. joining me in kristen welker, nbc news correspondent. chr kristen, what do you make in light of the boehner plan put on the table? the president unupped them here. >> you look at the polls, they show if we do in fact go over the fiscal cliff, the majority of americans would place the blame on republicans. so house speaker john boehner putting forward the proposal that would increase taxes on those making $1 million or more. harry reid already responding. he
on the "today" show this morning. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels, and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski machx. they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gunmen, some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. then they took us to a series of safehouses and interrogation places. >> well, nbc news has no confirmation of the identity of those kidnappers. richard engel, of course, a veteran correspondent, says he has a good sense of who they were. >> this was a group known as the shabiha. this is a government militia. these are people who are loyal to president bashir al assad. they are shiite. they were talking openly about their loyalty to the government, openly expressing their shia faith. the
days ago in syria but the network released a statement this morning saying they were released unharmed. their release apparently came yesterday in a fire fight at a check point. but again, the crew is safe and now out of syria. >>> britain's queen elizabeth ii is making history. this is a live look at her arrival. she is attending a cabinet meeting of prime minister david cameron. this is the first time since the reign of queen victoria that a british monarch has attend a political meeting. she will sit next to cameron and listen in on the affairs of the government but is there to get a special gift in honor of her diamond jubilee. >>> do you believe in those doomsday rumors? coming up next, why that belief got more than 100 people arrested in one country. >> first, a check of the markets. wall street liked the progress in the fiscal talks. after the white house meeting the dow gained 100. the nasdaq added 39 points. all asian markets, most european stocks and u.s. futures all up after signs of a recovery in china and hopes for a new stimulus in japan. right now, it is 5:37. taking a
. >>> freedom for a network reporter and a crew after being held captive in syria. vic in the newsroom with a dramatic escape. >> richard engle and his crew disappeared last week before crossing into syria from turkey. engle believes his kidnappers were a shiite militia group. a dozen gunmen dragged them from their cars. they were subject to mock executions during their five days of captivity. >>> the syrian government tightly controls the movements of foreign journalists. so many sneak into the country. >> the e-mail which triggered the resignation of david petraeus will nettled charges against his mistress. the justice department department dropped their investigation of paul a broad well. her affair was exposed in a series of e-mails to joe kelly. in those e-mails she warned kelly to stay away from petraeus. he resigned in november after their extramarital affair came public. >>> a push to make easy bake ovens for boys heats up. jessica kartalija explains. >> girls aren't the only ones who are supposed to cook. is in the message we want to send to our youth? >> reporter: that messag
it is coming up next. >> danger on the front lines. a well known war correspondent abducted in syria. what happened it to richard engle and his crew. >> holiday tragedy days before christmas. a baltimore county family loses everything in a house fire. >> chilly weather moving this way. stick around for the updated weather forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> it is maybely clear, 47 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning forecast is coming up. >>> a fast moving fire in dundalk leaves a family of six homeless tonight. as mike schuh reports, a quick thinking maybe may have prevented it from being worse. >> reporter: here's what it sounds like when firefighters must evacuate this burning home. that horn confirmed what bystanders feared. this fire in dundalk was dangerous, big, and getting worse. >> there was a call for a mayday but it was a mistake. the firefighter was in the rear of the building. nobody knew where he was. they found him. it was okay. >> reporter: when it started two kids were home alone watching tv. luckily, neighbor ed hurley was out walking his dog. >> two
and his crew were freed overnight after a firefight in syria. this morning on "today" show, engle said the ordeal was very traumatic. >> they kept us blind folded. bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological tort fewer. torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one would be shot first. when we refused, there were mock shootings. engle and his two crew members are now safely out of syria. we'll be right back. new jammin jerk chicken soup has tasty pieces of chicken with rice and beans. hmmm. for giant hunger! thanks mom! see ya! whoaa...oops! mom? i'm ok. grandma? hi sweetie! she operates the head. [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. she operates the head. is bigger than we think ... sometimelike the flu.fer from with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescriptio
rescue. a reporter freed from captors in syria today. we'll update you on what happened there. live reports, up next. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and aarp foundation in the drive to end hunger by visiting drivetoendhunger.org. in the drive to end hunger alriwoah! did you get that? and...flip! yep, look at this. it takes like 20 pictures at a time. i never miss anything. isn't that awesome? uh that's really cool. you should upload these. i know, right? that is really amazing. the pictures are so clear. kevin's a handsome devil that phone does everything! search dog tricks. okay, see if we can teach him something cool. look at how lazy kevin is. kevin, get it together dude cmon, kevin take 20 pictures with burst shot on the galaxy s3. >>> welcome back, everyone. a harrowing tale, a reporter and his crew held for five days in syria, no
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issues the vice president of syria told a lebanese newspaper he does not think his military can defeat the rebels. that the assad regime may be planning some sort of exit strategy. pro-government forces have been battling rebel forces for nearly two years. human rights activists claim more than 40,000 people have died. the latest concern has been whether the syrian military would use chemical weapons on its own people in a last ditch effort to stay in power. but today syria's ambassador to the united nations warned that the rebels might try using chemical weapons and then blame the government in an attempt to gain more support. >>> egypt is bracing for widespread protests tomorrow against the country's new pot and its newly drafted constitution. demonstrations raged on against mohammed morsi. opponents claim he tried to make himself a dictator by granting himself near absolute power. over the weekend, voters passed the new constitution with 57% of the ballot. if passed if an upcoming vote, his ally also have sweeping new powers. protesters claim the vote was full of irregularities. the
correspondent richard engel and his crew were freed overnight after a fire fight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days by a group they say was loyal to the syrian government. this morning on the "today" show, richard spoke a little about the ordeal. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first and when we refused, there were mock shootin shootings. >> richard engel and his two colleagues are safely out of syria, a bright spot of news during this difficult week. stay with us, the days "top lines" are coming up. when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're re
in syria speaks out about his ordeal. >> at ahead the traditional teaching methods don't work for everybody. how a local high school is redefining what a classroom looks like. >> but up next new stories of survival and heroism in the wake of the newtown school tragedy. hear from an 8-year-old boy who helped comfort his classmating during the ordeal. we'll be right back. >>> you never know who's going to step up and be a leader when there's a crisis. in the middle of all that fear and chaos friday, in newtown, connecticut. there was an 8-year-old boy up there offering words of comfort to his classmates. >> after much debate about if and when we hear at 9news now should air interviews from the young survivors luke santana's story is just too riveting not to share with you. jim axelrod talks to him and his family. >> reporter: last friday began as a normal day for luke santana and his third grade classmates at sandy hook elementary. but things got scary pretty quickly. >> there were about to announce something on the speaker and we heard gunshots. >> reporter: on the other side of the building
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